Center for Forensic Studies' Dr. Hickey Answers Questions about Recent Mass Shootings


San Diego, CA: Alliant International University offer sympathies to the victims' loved ones and to the communities of Binghamton, New York; Samson, Alabama; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Alliant's Eric Hickey, PhD, is a renowned criminal psychologist and is a nationally recognized expert in mass and spree murder.

"We will continue to see more mass shootings as the recession continues. The offenders feel a sense of desperation and believe there is no hope to improve their situation. They feel they have nothing left to lose and have no positive attachments to people. The offenders are angry, have access to weapons and have a 'why not' attitude. Already on the edge, prospective shooters see these mass killings in Binghamton, Pittsburgh, and Samson, and will decide to 'show the world'," Dr. Hickey comments.

Eric Hickey, PhD, Biographical Information

Dr. Hickey oversees the largest forensic studies program in the United States. At Alliant he currently teaches courses in profiling sex offenders and sexual predators as well as a course in criminal psychology at California State University, Fresno, CA. Dr. Hickey has taught many courses in criminal personalities, mass and spree murder, sex crimes and paraphilia, homicide, and psychopathology in universities and colleges, as well as for jail and prison staff. He supervises theses and dissertations involving forensic and criminal psychology.

Dr. Hickey has considerable field experience working with the criminally insane, psychopaths, sex offenders and other habitual criminals including mass and spree murderers. He has also served as an adjunct instructor for the American Prosecutor's Research Institute at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina profiling stalkers and cyber-stalkers.

He publishes books, articles and lectures extensively on the etiology of violence and serial crime. His book, Serial Murderers and Their Victims, 2009, 5th ed., Thomson/Wadsworth Publishers, is used as a teaching tool in universities and by law enforcement in studying the nature of violence, criminal personalities and victim-offender relationships. Another of his books, The Encyclopedia of Murder and Violent Crime, Sage Publishers, explores the phenomenon of murder and violence through the eyes of some of the world's most noted experts. In 2006 he published Sex Crimes and Paraphilia (Prentice-Hall Publishers), a comprehensive examination of sexual perversions, sex offending and sexual predators. His latest coauthored book, The Myth of a Psychiatric Crime Wave, (Carolina Academic Press) examines the misperceptions and reality of the mentally ill and mentally disordered as criminals.

His expertise is regularly sought by the media including appearances on CNN, Catherine Crier Live, NPR, Larry King Live, 20/20, A&E Biography, Good Morning America, True TV, Discovery and TLC.

He consults with private agencies and testifies as an expert witness in both criminal and civil cases. He is a court qualified expert in paraphilia including pedophilia, child molestation, fetishes; stalking; adult rape and sexual assault; violent criminal behavior including robbery, burglary and homicide (solo and serial).A former consultant to the FBI's UNABOM Task Force, Dr. Hickey currently assists local, state, and federal law enforcement in training and investigations. This includes assisting Peace Officer Service Training (POST) in developing course material and job aids for investigators.

He also conducts seminars for agencies involving the profiling and investigating of sex crimes, arson, robbery, homicide, stalking, workplace violence and terrorism as well as workshops for mental health practitioners. Internationally recognized for his research on multiple homicide offenders, Dr. Hickey has conducted seminars in several countries including Canada, England, France, Italy, India, Japan, China, and the Philippines. He has also trained VIP protection specialists in Israel in profiling stalkers. His research involving hundreds of victims of stalking examines the psychology and classification of stalkers, victim-offender relationships, intervention, and threat assessment.

About Alliant International University

Alliant International University is a WASC-accredited private nonprofit institution of higher learning with campuses in Fresno, Irvine, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, and Mexico City. Alliant is an equal opportunity employer and educator.


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